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Just Released: China and Cybersecurity: Political, Economic, and Strategic Dimensions

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06/12/2012, 03:25pm IGCC SITC logo

Better mutual understanding of Chinese and American perspectives on information security is an essential step toward improving the productivity and reliability of the new global commons of cyberspace. The health of cyberspace is particularly important to the two largest economic powers in the world, China and the United States, but these two nations sometimes have different perspectives on the nature of risks to and through cyberspace and about the ideal policies for regulating their information networks.

Unfortunately, Western audiences have had little exposure to empirical research on Chinese policies, organizations, and economic tradeoffs in this area. We lack an adequate appreciation of how China’s domestic political economy shapes its response to perceived risks to information security and how the policies of other states are interpreted.

Two April 2012 conferences held at UC San Diego (the Political Economy of Information Security in China and China and Cybersecurity, jointly hosted by IGCC and the Naval War College) brought together experts in China’s information security technology, economics, and policy to examine the Chinese perspective on information security risks, Chinese policies to mitigate them, and the political, normative, and international obstacles to doing so successfully. Presentations on the national strategies and policies of additional countries provided a comparative perspective.

The report China and Cybersecurity: Political, Economic, and Strategic Dimensions, which summarizes the key findings of the conferences, is now available.

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